Tom Huizenga http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/angst-and-excellence-forgotten-soviet-symphonies Soviet composer Vadim Salmanov is little more than a footnote outside Russia, but his four energetic, skillfully orchestrated symphonies are making a small comeback. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:47:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 44061 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/pet-sounds-npr-music-critter-quiz From as far back as we can tell, music makers have been inspired by the flora and especially the fauna around us. From tooting tunes on actual <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/090624-bone-flute-oldest-instrument.html">animal horns and bones</a>, to musical portraits of creatures <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZAGLJtj5RU">large</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQhEtF29O3I">small</a>, performers and composers of all stripes have included critters in their creations. In this puzzler, you must identify the creature depicted in the music. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 43904 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/visitors-guide-bachs-st-matthew-passion <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318115">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> wrote his <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.<p>Bach's <em>Passion</em> continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:32:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 43629 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/alaskan-composer-wins-pulitzer-become-ocean <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/120995813/john-luther-adams" target="_blank">John Luther Adams</a>, whose music is inspired by — and sometimes <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAk527M-INA">performed in</a> — natural landscapes, has <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Music" target="_blank">won the Pulitzer Prize</a> for music for his symphonic work <em>Become Ocean<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGIEvUOf-JU"></a></em>. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 43502 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/first-listen-valentina-lisitsa-chasing-pianos Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/11/174018651/the-classical-pianist-with-55-million-youtube-hits" target="_blank">revived her stalled career</a> by uploading videos of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_foc_NxI0" target="_blank">herself playing Chopin</a> to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 42627 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/joseph-calleja-tiny-desk-concert Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 42270 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/wig-out-big-bach-puzzler <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian Bach</a>, with his big white wig, might stand as the "supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music," as musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky says. But the composer, organist, choirmaster and teacher could also be surprisingly witty and irreverent. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 42121 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/pitch-perfect-3-must-hear-vocal-albums The human voice, the true original instrument, is still the most expressive and personal of all. It's one reason more than 42.5 million Americans sing in choirs, and why we seem to be hardwired to tell our stories through song. It also probably explains why I'm a vocal music junkie, eagerly pawing over the operas, recitals and choir albums that land on my desk and in my download folder. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 41902 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-irish-are-you-st-paddys-day-puzzler With St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's hard to escape the allure of the Emerald Isle, with its rolling heaths, swirling jigs, frothy beer and curious legends. While we can't afford to fly you to Dublin we can offer this humble St. Paddy's Day puzzler. Score high and be rewarded with the pot 'o gold at the end of the rainbow. Mess up and yours is a sad bowl of soggy Lucky Charms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 41693 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/kid-named-carl-stirs-bach-musical-dynasty When it comes to musical dynasties, it's tough to top the Bach family. From town fiddlers to court composers, the Bachs dominated German music for seven generations. Today, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian</a> towers above all his relatives, but there's another important Bach we shouldn't forget — especially today, on the 300th anniversary of his birth.<p>Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, C.P.E. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 41348 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/robert-ashley-operas-misunderstood-innovator-dies-83 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQBpire6jhw</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:35:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 41123 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/first-listen-augustin-hadelich-sibelius-ad-s-violin-concertos Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/278486464/augustin-hadelich" target="_blank">Augustin Hadelich</a>, the 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 41039 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos' Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/classical-couples-sweethearts-sharing-stage <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhCgvPtVGyg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6k6hniMKA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsUYHnR0tmM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBf42zxT0Y</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enh5zIwmy2k</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 40010 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-music-shines-classical-grammy-awards <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aJF5uoU7fI</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 39160 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards Inspiration Or Embarrassment? Lang Lang And Metallica Teaming Up At Grammys http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/inspiration-or-embarrassment-lang-lang-and-metallica-teaming-grammys Odd musical mergers in the Grammy Awards telecast are nothing new — remember <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24MD-v0IgYA" target="_blank">Paul McCartney, Linkin Park and Jay-Z</a> singing "Yesterday?" Still, when thrash metal band <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15730259" target="_blank">Metallica</a> and classical pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17022256" target="_blank">Lang Lang</a> take the stage together Sunday night, it may seem more like a head-scratcher than a clever match.<p>Or will it?<p>Metallica <a href="ht Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 39007 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Inspiration Or Embarrassment? Lang Lang And Metallica Teaming Up At Grammys Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/note-downton-abbey-viewers-nellie-melba-was-big-deal <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEhr_3E3XEA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpdvoMFSqKY</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 38712 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal Marilyn Horne: Opera's Agile Advocate Turns 80 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/marilyn-horne-operas-agile-advocate-turns-80 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3yd7tJTHrM</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 38630 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Marilyn Horne: Opera's Agile Advocate Turns 80 Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/cachet-and-cash-rafa-blechacz-named-2014-gilmore-artist Polish pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16051607/rafal-blechacz" target="_blank">Rafał Blechacz</a>, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Early Wednesday, Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.<p>The Gilmore may not have quite the name recognition as the Chopin Competition, but it has a distinguished cachet of its own, plus a generous $300,000 cash award.<p>Actually, the Gilmore isn't a competition. Named for a Kalamazoo, Mich. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:02:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 38172 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/van-anh-vanessa-vo-tiny-desk-concert Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a veteran when it comes to taking risks, and it pays off in her compelling music. As a young girl in Vietnam, she knew she wanted to be a traditional musician, even though it was a world dominated by men. It was risky, then, when she pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons. He finally gave in, taking her on as an apprentice.<p>Vo also takes risks in blending East with West in her music. She lends a trippy sound to Frenchman Erik Satie's Gnossienne No. 3, performed on the <em>dan Bau</em>, the traditional Vietnamese monocord. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 38001 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert High Notes And Clams: The Best And Worst Of Classical 2013 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-notes-and-clams-best-and-worst-classical-2013 "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That could be the annual mantra for the classical music world. It has been predicted to crumble for decades, just as optimists continue to point to positive trends. This year is no different. Despite two ugly black eyes — the death of the New York City Opera and the continuing, bitter stalemate between the Minnesota Orchestra's (locked out) musicians and management — terrific music is being made by marvelous artists. Here we offer a short list of the best and worst of 2013. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 37833 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org High Notes And Clams: The Best And Worst Of Classical 2013